Lawmakers cut 119 infrastructure projects around the state as part of a larger effort to balance New Mexico’s state budget.
Two-thirds of projects vetoed by Gov. Susana Martinez were originally sponsored solely by Democrats.
Governor vetoes projects large and small, saying lawmakers need to end pork-barrel funding process.
Full funding for projects, cutting red tape and following existing legislative guidelines are among the recommendations.
Capital outlay appropriations are a little bit like that Rolling Stones song – you can’t always get what you want.
Sometimes, you might get what you need.
In most instances, you get way less than what you requested.
Search capital outlay requests by lawmaker, city, county and project name.
Search legislative earmarks in House Bill 219, the severance tax bond capital outlay bill.
Some state lawmakers fear that making public how they divvy up money each year for public infrastructure projects might harm their re-election chances.
The House unanimously approved a $166 million capital outlay bill Monday, but not without criticism. House Bill 219 includes $82 million in local projects designated by the 112 lawmakers.
New Mexico Auditor Tim Keller issued a report on the unspent money Friday morning, suggesting that spending the dollars could create thousands of jobs and give the economy a boost.